Lemko: Resources for Endangered Minority Language Revitalization

Natural Language Processing (NLP) can be used to help revive endangered minority languages like Lemko. Computer aids help meet the special needs of the disabled and new speakers. Below are resources for building such tools.


Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

  • The Endangered Languages Project
  • Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Langauges
  • Foundation for Endangered Languages
  • Committee on Endangered Languages and Their Preservation (CELP)
  • Long list of organizations and resources at the Endangered Language Fund

    Machine Translation

    Users will input English and receive rough-draft Lemko output. This will allow new speakers to revive the endangered language by creating content in it before having achieved fluency.

    Convert to/from Cyrillic script (OPERATIONAL)

    Online app that will convert to and from Cyrillic can be used as a crutch until new speakers master the alphabet.

    Spell check

    An online spellchecker based on the most authoritative handbook will save time and help new speakers learn. Spell check will be for Open Office, Libre Office, and possibly Microsoft Office.

    Grammar check

    An online grammar check for punctuation and case endings will save time and help new speakers learn grammar.

    Transcribe audio or video

    Automatic closed captioning (CC) for the hearing impaired and automatic rough draft subtitles.

    Text to Speech (TTS) Voice synthesis

    Computer will read out text for those who don't know the alphabet, the blind, etc.

    Optical character recognition (OCR)

    Will digitalize handwritten and printed text for subsequent publication online and/or translation

    Text aligner

    Would automatically align Polish or English translations of Lemko texts and vice versa.

    Bilingual online dictionary

    Would be the first ever online Lemko-English dictionary/glossary

    Social network

    Would be possible to network with other new speakers, find language exchange partners, bulletin boards, etc.

    AI Chatbot with voice synthesizer

    Just for fun - would be an artificial intelligence talking Lemko chatbot, like Cortana or Siri.

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